Solve This Double-Edged Puzzle: What Is This?

David McMahon

Melbourne, Australia

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This is a two-part puzzle … er no, make that a three-part puzzle, at Ranald’s suggestion. But let’s start with the obvious question – what have I shot here?

And the second question will be revealed when the first part is solved …..

Part 1 solved simultaneously on guess No.8 by Glenda Remaklus and Steve Milner (who RBmailed me the answer). Yes, it’s a World War II-era Supermarine Spitfire. I shot this on the tarmac at Temora Aviation Museum in foggy conditions on 6 June this year. Yes, that’s right – the anniversary of D-Day.

Here’s the second part of the question. Why does this aircraft have a connection to William Shakespeare? (Yup, that’s correct!)

Part 2 solved by Ranald (comment No. 46) who correctly said that the fighter was to be called ``the Shrew’’ – as in ``The Taming of the Shrew’’, the play by William Shakespeare. But it was called the Spitfire instead (see my note to Ranald below) and it turned out to be one of the most famous decisions in aviation history.

THE THIRD QUESTION, as suggested by Ranald is … what mark of Supermarine Spitfire is this? (Thanks, Ranald, for a great suggestion … and yes, there is a HUGE clue in the composition of this image.)

Part 3 solved by Thomas Simunsen and Ted Denyer, who both picked the aircraft as a Supermarine Spitfire Mark XVI.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 70-300mm lens. F9.5, 1/350 sec, ISO 200, focal length 70mm.

Featured by my co-host in TECHNO LOGICAL, October 2009.

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